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Oct 2, 8:23 AM EDT

Activists say Assad supporters protest in Syria


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BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say there has been a rare protest in Syria by hundreds of supporters of President Bashar Assad against the governor of the central Syrian town of Homs after twin bombings killed 25 children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Thursday's demonstration occurred after grieving resident gathered at a roundabout in Homs near where the attack took place.

A pro-Assad Facebook youth group in Homs also reported the protest.

In Syria's 3- 1/2-year civil war, open criticism against the government by Assad loyalists has been extremely rare.

It was not immediately clear why the demonstrators specifically demanded the governor's resignation.

Wednesday's twin bombing near a Homs school killed at least 25 children and eight adults.

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